I understood what the point of interaction meant in the context of physical causation, of one billiard ball striking another, but here God seemed to be saying that He was the point of interaction—almost like the portal—through which we understood the world.
“Lord, what do You mean by point of interaction?”
I am the medium through which man understands the world.
“Is mind the medium?”
“Lord, are You saying that, in addition to the human mind and the natural world, there is divine mind somehow essential to the act of understanding?”
The answer I received addresses, though in an unusual way, one of the deep mysteries of philosophy. How is it that consciousness relates to or “intends” an object such as the Liberty Bell? For example, what is it about a thought that makes it the thought of the Liberty Bell? The thought is “in your head” and the Liberty Bell is in Philadelphia. What “connects” them?
Listen to this on God: An Autobiography, The Podcast– the dramatic adaptation and continuing discussion of the book God: An Autobiography, As Told To A Philosopher by Jerry L. Martin.
He was a lifelong agnostic, but one day he had an occasion to pray. To his vast surprise, God answered- in words. Being a philosopher, he had a lot of questions, and God had a lot to tell him.
2 thoughts on “I am the medium through which man understands the world.”
spiritual March 28, 2014
You really make it appear really easy with your presentation. However, I am finding this matter to be really something that I feel I might by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely extensive for me. I’m taking a look ahead for your next publish, I’ll try to get the grasp of it!
Jerry L Martin April 15, 2014
I understand your difficulty. It was all a bit much for me too and
sometimes I just ran aground. Probably the best way to read it is to not
worry about “understanding” it all but just take in what does come through.
Trust that God will open your mind and heart to what is meant for you. But
if you do have questions, please feel free to ask. In the book, I give very
little background, so as to keep what God says front and center. If you
have a question, probably other readers do too. I hope to hear from